Mug cake - The quickest and cheapest chocolate cake ever

This article is unusual for this site. This week I had to present something in my English class, and I thought that would be cool to share one of my favorites recipes: Mug Cake. It will take just 2 minutes to make, is cheap and not messy.

 This is my art for the recipe, that I shared with my classmates (click to see a high resolution and printable version):


 Despite the instructions above, I will write down some directions on how to make it:

Making the cake

  1. Mix inside the mug the dry ingredients:
    • 3 full tablespoons of self-raising flour
    • 4 full tablespoons of instant chocolate
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients:
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon of oil
    • 2 tablespoons of milk
  3. Mix everything very well using a fork, until you have a homogeneous mixture
  4. Heat for about 1 minute in the microwave oven

Making the covering

  1. Mix inside a small cup:
    • 3 tablespoons of instant chocolate
    • 1 full tablespoon of margerine (or unsalted butter)
    • 1 tablespoon of milk
  2. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave oven. You can pour it over the cake, or dip the cake inside it, it's up to you


You can add one or more of the following ingredients to the cake, to improve and vary the taste!

  • 1 teaspoon of smashed instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Few drops of flavor extract (vanilla, almond, hazelnut, or whatever you want to try)
  • Add chocolate drops, M&Ms or smashed chocolate
  • Sink a piece of marshmallow